Republican gubernatorial candidate Michael Brown has withdrawn from the race after learning that his campaign did not produce enough petition signatures.
Brown said independent contractors were involved in alleged fraudulent signature gathering activities.
All signatures gathered by the contractors were deemed invalid by the Bureau of Elections.
Brown was one of four candidates who did not have enough signatures.
The 33-year Michigan State Police veteran was on a week-long tour of the Upper Peninsula when he learned of the signature discrepancies.
Nine Republicans remain on the primary ballot.
Michigan’s primary election will be held Aug. 2.